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Cleaning oil and litter off beaches


By David Elliott – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The day after the Fourth of July usually brings Harrison County Sand Beach workers out to pick up trash left behind by people celebrating with fireworks on the beach. With contracted BP workers combing the beach for oil residue, the county worked out a deal to use the crews to pick the beach clean of holiday litter.

"We're working with BP and United States Environmental Services to help with trash pick up. It's a cooperative effort," said Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy.

Lacy said a small amount of oil residue was found on the beach Monday, but the emphasis was on litter removal.

"The BP workers are picking up near the shoreline, county crews are working north towards the seawall."

All the workers are being directed to make sure common fireworks litter and debris tainted with oil is separated.

"If they come into contact with tar balls, that's going into their dumpsters. Everything else is going into county dumpsters, so we're not mixing any oil residue into the local landfill," Lacy said.

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